#DoingThings: Your weekly series from the Gut Feeling Podcast Crew, Jason Tran (@JasonTran) and Derek McCreath (@TheFFRx) along with FLAFFL host Kevin Cutillo (@wallycentral)
For those of you that are new to this series, it will have a streaming type feel to it. As with most things in the FLAFFL House though, it will have a competitive component. Each week Jason, Derek, and Kevin are going to pick one player and build a brief summary as to why you should start them. The one caveat to this however is the player chosen MUST not be leading their team in any fantasy relevant statistical category (read: score points, therefore targets not included) at their respective position.
Well, I guess Derek can’t actually win this thing every week but you know how the saying goes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Kevin took down week 12 with 9.9 points from Derrick Henry. Derek was the loser with a 7.9 point effort from Corey Davis, and Jason keeps his streak of mediocrity going after Danny Woodhead logged 8.5 points.
For a few weeks, I have been pretty confident, especially last week coming off a monster win thanks to Kenny Stills. I thought for sure Corey Davis would have a big week, and I wasn’t alone. Lo-and behold he did not as the Titans offence continues to be somewhat ho-hum.
This week I am anything but confident. There were a few options I looked at including doubling down on Derrick Henry after he got the win for Kevin last week. Ultimately, my choice came down to two wide receivers. I am not comfortable with either but I think most fantasy football players would love them to have big weeks.
I’m going with old faithful, Jordy Nelson. He has all but evaporated since Aaron Rodgers went down, and Brett Hundley seems to be locked onto Davante Adams. But Nelson has a terrific matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. This is the same matchup I exploited with Kenny Stills a couple weeks ago so I’m holding out hope for a similar result.
The other wide receiver I was going to pick would have made me happy to have great game AND more importantly because I would have stolen him from Jason. But I’ll let Jason tell you about him.
Last week, Danny Woodhead did just enough to let me not lose. I am not satisfied with the result, as I believe Woodhead needs to be getting more touches for that team but, I am glad to not have lost. But anyway….
Ladies and gentleman, the time we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. This week is Josh Gordon week! That’s right, I am picking a player that has not played a meaningful snap in the NFL since 2014. That being said, the 26 year old can come out and show the world he can still play football this weekend. All signs point to him having a significant amount of snaps for the Browns this weekend as coach Hue Jackson seems thrilled to be able to see what he can do. I am fully aware that there are good odds on me losing this week but I could not contain my excitement for one of my favorite wide receivers to get back onto the field.
Fair warning, please do not use my pick as a vote of confidence in any of your fantasy football leagues, or DFS. Gordon and the Browns are up against the Los Angeles Chargers, who sport a very tough pass defense and is getting hot at the right time of the year. Everything is lined up for the Browns to get destroyed, but that could also mean more pass attempts and hopefully targets for my guy.
I really wanted to take Jordy Nelson for my pick this week as I have a hunch this is the week he gets back on track and finds a groove with Brett Hundley. Unfortunately, our week 12 loser got to pick before me and snatched him up. The great thing about choosing a receiver from that particular game is that both of the defenses have been terrible against opposing wide receivers. Tampa Bay is dead last in the league defending wide outs, giving up a massive 44.2 points per game in points per reception format. That’s an incredible six more points than the next worst team the New England Patriots who come in at 38.1 points per game. Just a mere half point behind them however in fourth place are the Green Bay Packers. So, I’m going to stick with this game and take a receiver on the opposing sideline from Derek’s pick.
My choice for the week is DeSean Jackson. As he always is, DJax has been very up and down this season as the Tampa Bay offense has not lived up to preseason expectations. Part of the reason for the struggles is that Jameis Winston has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury. While he didn’t look great prior to the time off he’s still an upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick. With the Green Bay Packers giving up over 37 points per game to opposing wide receivers as mentioned above I think Winston comes back hot and lights it up. I’m banking on at least one long completion to Jackson which, in this competition, has usually been enough to take home the win.